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What I Learn


Happy belated Thanksgiving and first day of December, friends! I hope you had a delightful day of turkey and family that hopefully included a few extra moments to count your life’s blessings. Alex and I spent a few days in Arkansas with our families, and it was a joy. And to top it all off, our family and friends showered us with gifts and love for Juniper. We are grateful!

Speaking of gratitude,  it’s surely never too late to compose a gratitude list. Here are a few I’ve been thinking on lately: 

  • A God who is faithful and near no matter the season, never holding back His lavish love and perfect will. 
  • My husband, who is full of patience and humor and is so good at living in the moment and trusting God for the future. These 4 1/2 years with him in marriage have been a greater gift than I ever imagined.
  • Juniper Kate, who is 6 weeks (give or take hopefully not too many days) from making her grand debut. I’m so curious about who she is, and I pray she will be a bright light in this weary world. 
  • Friends near and far (including friends like you who encourage me to blog!)
  • Good health, especially during this pregnancy. I’m grateful to feel up for staying active (most days). 
  • God’s financial provision during Alex’s and my marriage and especially these last few months as we have moved to one income. 
  • The simple joys in life: a cold glass of water, the perfect planner, awesome Tex-Mex, an hour spent outside reading in the sunshine, the uncontrollable giggle of a baby. There is so much pain in life, and no one is immune. Yet God gives us joys big and small. Thank you Lord.
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What are you grateful for? I’m not sure whether you’re in a season marked by pain or joy, loss or expectancy. With the official Christmas countdown on, let’s find a few sacred moments to slow down and soak in the wonder of this season. Thanksgiving may be over, but I find more and more that every season is one for G R A T I U T U D E.


“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1.14

What I Learn

Come to the Table

I feel like I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning {GASP} on Easter. I hesitate saying this out loud for fear of being classified as ungrateful. The truth is I’ve been ungrateful at times today too.

Easter is a day I yearn to be with family, so maybe missing them today has something to do with it. Last year, I went to Arkansas and met my precious new niece Landry, who wore a sparkly pink Easter onesie and lace socks and made my heart leap with joy and love.

Today, I gathered in the park with sweet friends from church who also don’t have family in Houston and enjoyed a fabulous meal and Easter egg hunt even though there were no kids. It was a reminder of the rich gifts of community God has provided Alex and me in this city that has become home for us over the last five years. It was truly a lovely afternoon, so no complaints there. No, I am just broken.

From the bouts of deep frustration that have spilled out from my heart into my actions even today – on Easter – when I feel like I should be immune to things like anger and shame and have it all together, I need rescuing. We need a rescuer.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

We have a Rescuer, One who is not surprised by our failures, and His promises are always true. He conquered sin and death! Through Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, there is hope. This hope is greater than our doubts. This hope overcomes fears. This hope restores the tired, broken parts of our souls. Everything we are looking for is found in Jesus Christ. It’s really true, and I’m remembering that now.

On the other side of the empty tomb is a table where the King sits. Come to the table. Come that He might give you life. Happy Easter, dear ones.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you . . .

What I See

Favorite Things Friday

Christmas is nine days away. Whew! Are you feeling the magic of the season yet? I had a harrowing few minutes the other day looking down my list of gifts to buy, but I’m okay now. Thank goodness for online shopping.

On this Favorite Things Friday, here are three of my Christmastime favorites this year:

JJ Heller’s Unto Us: I want to hug JJ a million times for creating this beautiful album. I first started listing to her music in college and have never gotten over her beautifully thoughtful lyrics and pure, graceful voice.

Jamie Ivy’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: I adore The Happy Hour podcast, and Jamie’s Holiday Gift Guide was such a fun episode. She shared 13 companies whose products are not your run of the mill Old Navy mittens or Amazon books. Some of the promo codes have expired by now, but there is still time to order gifts from these places before Christmas. I bought from Dear Mushka and can’t wait to give my gift!

Trader Joe’s Mistletoe: There’s not a whole lot to say about this except Trader Joe’s. Real mistletoe. $1.99.

Enjoy this season!